A UK artist has posted video online showing the photo-realistic portrait he drew of actor Morgan Freeman using nothing but his finger and his iPad.
Kyle Lambert spent more than 200 hours working on the digital painting, starting with a simple series of broad brushstrokes and getting more and more detailed.
A time-lapse video he made shows the intensely time-consuming process of mastering wispy facial hair, freckles, tiny beads of sweat and the moisture in the Oscar-winning actor's eyes.
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By the end of the video we are looking at an image that looks far too detailed to be anything but a photograph.
Lambert told ninemsn that the painting was a very long process.
"I get very involved in my process so spend a lot of time each day on the painting," he said.
"I was spending 9-10 hours some days if a certain area I was working on was complicated."
Lambert trained as an oil painter at university but transitioned to digital painting about five years ago.
He has been using an iPad to paint since the first version was released in 2010.
Lambert was motivated to create something entertaining, inspiring and educational, and Morgan Freeman seemed like a good choice of subject.
"I've found with past videos people are more engaged when the subject is familiar to them," he said.
"I think I must have been watching the movie Oblivion when the idea of Morgan Freeman came to mind."
The whole painting took Lambert a month to complete.
Author: Nick Pearson. Approving editor: Simon Black
Source: Kyle Lambert